For the creation of three-dimensional models, many people use the software Sketchup. The special feature: With this you can design your objects as if by hand sketches. This is exactly where the name of the software comes from. Below, we'll show you how to use Sketchup for 3D printing and what you should know about the tool.
The most important facts in brief:
- Sketchup Free is available to you as a free version
- If necessary, you can also switch to paid versions
- Sketchup is compatible with Windows and macOS
- You can design your own models by hand drawing like classic sketches
- The software is available in German language
Sketchup: Definition: How it works and what it covers
Sktechup has come to fame and glory as modeling software in the field of architecture. The application allows sketching by hand drawing, so that any shapes and objects can be designed. In 2006, the company was acquired by Google, and in 2012 Trimble Navigation bought the software from Google.
Using Sketchup in the 3D printing process
For the 3D printing process, Sktechup offers you versatile options. You can design everything from buildings to life-like drawings to product design using hand drawing. You can also use various functions such as inserting your own images into the program.
Sketchup file formats
Sketchup: costs, trial version and operating systems
We have listed everything important about the possible costs and system requirements for Sketchup in more detail below.
Cost & trial version
You can use Sketchup Free as a free variant. If you are working “on your own”, this is perfectly adequate. Sketchup Go, Sketchup Pro, and Sketchup Studio versions are also available for working in teams.
Supported operating systems
Sketchup supports macOS and Windows operating systems. Only Linux falls out of the picture as a known operating system.
Advantages and disadvantages of Sketchup in 3D printing
We have listed all the advantages and disadvantages of Sketchup in 3D printing for you below:
- Free use of Sketchup Free
- Pro version available for purchase as a more comprehensive alternative
- Designing 3D models by hand drawing
- 10 GB memory included
- Sketchup Viewer app for mobile viewing of 3D models
- Manageable selection of supported file formats
SketchUp is a true “evergreen” among free CAD applications. The software sets almost no limits to your creativity and allows you to create 3D objects by hand drawing. You can use the application not only for buildings and smaller spare parts, but also for lifelike looking characters.